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Town Council discusses amendment to fire ordinance

February 12, 2012

WEST WARWICK — As a way to try and raise revenue for the town, the Town Council discussed the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 7, fire protection and prevention.

Fire Chief Joseph Baris and Kim Dawson from the Medical Billing and Reimbursement company Dawson Group approached the council during their Feb. 7 meeting to discuss the ordinance.

Baris explained that the fire department services get charged fees just like the rescue billing does and that right now they are focusing on motor vehicle accidents.

Town Council President Angelo Padula said that he had brought this same ordinance up a year ago to try and get reimbursed by insurance companies for house fires and car accidents.

“But this ordinance is going to affect people with no insurance in town if the rescue goes to put out a car fire or to help an accident,” he said. “The people themselves will have to pay for this.”

Councilman Ed Giroux, the sponsor of the first reading of the amendment, explained that the same rules will apply and that people have to pay for the ambulances.

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